U.S. DOT’s 2015 Champions of Change

Major trends are shaping the future of our transportation systems.  Our population is growing and aging. Our legacy transit systems need more attention every day.  Our roads and runways face increasing congestion.

America’s way of life and continued economic growth depend on meeting these challenges, so this October, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House Office of Public Engagement will host a Champions of Change event focused on “Beyond Traffic: Innovators in Transportation for the Future.”

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May 7 @ 9AM ET-Bridging the Infrastructure Gap Session

Bridging the Infrastructure Funding Gap
Thursday, May 7, 2015
9:30 a.m. ET

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America faces a growing infrastructure funding gap. The reality is that government alone can’t fully fund all of the roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure that our economy needs – let alone upgrade our airports, shipping hubs and water sanitation systems to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Despite bipartisan efforts in Congress, there is no path in sight to meet our current or future infrastructure needs. Although there is plenty of private capital available, investors are not yet putting all of that money to work. What are the barriers keeping private capital on the sidelines? What can our business and political leaders do to help overcome these obstacles – and encourage the type  of infrastructure investment we need to promote economic growth?

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Infrastructure Week is May 11-15!

Join the Conversation #RebuildRenew

Infrastructure Week is May 11-15. The plans are underway to deliver a powerful focused message to Congress and the American people. New events and Affiliates are being added to the calendar every day, and local groups, mayors, and stakeholders around America are signing on to make their voice heard. View the current calendar at www.infrastructureweek.org.

Infrastructure Advocacy Day – May 13th, 2015 – is the focal point of the efforts to speak directly to Members of Congress with a message that long-term investment in Infrastructure is an urgent priority with profound implications – and opportunities – for our nation’s workers, businesses, and global competitiveness. They will bring a diverse coalition of influencers – including mayors, business owners and workers from around the country, manufacturing executives, and the state legislators to meet with Members in and beyond their districts to articulate the Week’s – and your own priorities.

For this effort to be a success, we need your participation! PLEASE REGISTER TO JOIN ON CAPITOL HILL ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND TELL YOUR STORY OF WHY URGENT INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE IS A PRIORITY FOR YOU AND YOUR CONSTITUENTS.

REGISTER TODAY (and see theFAQ) AT www.infrastructureweek.org/advocacy

Participants are not asked to lobby for or against specific policy priorities or legislation, but all participants are welcome to address whatever infrastructure agenda is of relevance to them and their organization. We encourage Affiliates to send staff and/or representatives to participate in this effort. K&L Gates will provide all meeting scheduling and will provide topline messaging and data points to all participants. Participants are welcome to bring their own materials and talking points as well.

www.infrastructureweek.org

U.S. Representative Jim Oberstar

Young Professionals in Transportation is saddened by the death of former U.S. Representative Jim Oberstar this week. He served as a Representative from Minnesota for 36 years, focusing on transportation and infrastructure issues for much of his tenure and becoming the House’s leading expert on transportation policy. He was also a strong supporter of rising professionals and became involved with YPT to encourage the next generation of policy experts. Oberstar’s death represents a significant loss for the transportation community.